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Circulars dated:   2/8/22   19/7/22

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Harberton Folk Circular - ???day ?? [month] 2022

Part One - A full listing for the coming month
Part Two below - Other stuff
The full open-ended Southern Devon Folk Diary listings appear as always on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.

***** Part One *****


***** Part Two - Other Stuff *****


All information is given in good faith but no responsibility can be accepted for its accuracy. Do check with the organiser before setting out on a long journey. A listing here does not guarantee that tickets are still available.
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Harberton Folk Circular - Tuesday 2 August 2022

A full listing to the end of September.
The full open-ended Southern Devon Folk Diary listings appear as always on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.

29 July to 5 August 2022 - Sidmouth Folk Festival
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30 July - 3 August 2022 - Sidmouth Fringe Sessions

Tuesday 2 August 2022 7.30pm - Leveret - Dartington Great Hall, Totnes TQ9 6DE (map)
Folk trio Leveret (Sam Sweeney, Andy Cutting and Rob Harbron) makes its Festival debut with a captivating blend of old and new folk tunes, plus music from John Playford’s English Dancing Master. Full details www.dartington.org/whats-on.

Thursday 4 August 2022 7.30pm - Sea Shanties, Sea Songs and Music of the Sea - Village Hall, School Hill, Stoke Gabriel TQ9 6QX (map)
Part of Stoke Gabriel's Carnival Week. A special evening featuring the village's own sea shanty crew 'All Hands On Deck' and several excellent local musicians. BYO drink, some nibbles provided. Audience participation actively encouraged (chorus sheets will be provided). Limited tickets, selling well, book early! Tickets £10: call 01803 782701 or email dave.peace@btinternet.com.

NEW 5-7 August 2022 - Dartmoor Folk Festival - South Zeal near Okehampton
Weekend tickets sold out, some ceilidh tickets still available. www.dartmoorfolkfestival.org.uk.

Tuesday 9 August 2022 7.30pm - Rory McLeod - Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
Ex-circus clown and fire eater, one-man-soul-band, and poet. He has a natural troubadour's talent for weaving magical, musical, storytelling spells accompanied by his own bizarre solo orchestra of distinctive instruments.The spoons, finger-cymbals, bandorea, Djembe-drum, harmonica, guitar, trombone and-tap-dancing shoes accompany the "rich, raw, deep and resonant" voice of this "singular and liberating performer." Expect the unexpected. Full details www.wegottickets.com/event/545436.

Thursday 11 August 2022 - Jack Lukeman  - Otterton Mill, nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Irish singer songwriter, virtually a household name in Ireland for the last 2 decades. In the 2 years pre covid he built an ever-growing audience in the UK by opening on full tours with The Proclaimers, Imelda May, Jools Holland, Graham Gouldman, Hazel O’Connor, Neil Sedaka and The Stylistics. All of which indicates he appeals to a broad audience. As with these shows he is currently performing solo in the UK, moving from guitar to ukulele to keyboard and accordion. Full details www.ottertonmill.com/events.

Saturday 13 August 2022 7.30pm - Mad Dog Mcrea - Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
Mad Dog Mcrea blend a unique mixture of folk rock, pop, gypsy jazz, bluegrass and ‘shake your ass’ music. From self-penned songs of adventure, drinking, love and life, to traditional songs of gypsies, fairies, legless pirates and black flies – Mad Dog never fail to capture their audience with their infectious songs. In constant demand and having played just about every festival and two-bit, jibe-arsed dive in Christendom, Mad Dog Mcrea are, in every sense of the word, a live, band. Full details www.wegottickets.com/event/551977.

19-21 August 2022 - Beautiful Days Festival - Escott Park

Saturday 20 August 2022 8pm - Sarah McQuaid - BackStage Devon, Muddifords Court, Willand, Cullompton EX15 2QG
“She reached parts other singers fail to do ... There is emotion, beauty, passion and musically great arrangements and fab playing. ” - Rob Bozas, Bozas International (Publisher, Peter Gabriel/Real World); “Captivating, unorthodox songwriting … layered satin vocals ... enthralling, harrowing arrangements … a gateway into a true innovator’s soul.” - PopMatters; “Her subtle mastery onstage launches her straight into my fave shows ever.” - Huffington Post. www.sarahmcquaid.com.
Full details www.ticketsource.co.uk/backstage-devon. www.backstagedevon.co.uk.

Thursday 25 August 2022 - Roberts & Lakeman - Otterton Mill, nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Duos come and duos go… and some nurture and fine tune their art and watch it grow into something totally original, captivating and award-winning. Bonded by an unseen alchemy, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have entwined their professional and personal relationship into an enviable class act of imaginative songwriting and musicianship with a story that includes over 20 years of music making with the likes of Seth Lakeman, Cara Dillon, The Levellers, Fothering, Kate Rusby and Show of Hands. Kathryn and Sean have consolidated themselves as pillars of modern British folk.
Full details www.ottertonmill.com/events.

NEW 26-29 August 2022 - Cornwall Folk Festival - Wadebridge

Thursday 1 September 2022 8pm - Miranda Sykes & Hannah Martin - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Miranda (Show of Hands) and Hannah (Edgelarks, Gigspanner Big Band) have spent many years playing on the British folk scene, with several appearances at Calstock Arts, but neither has ever dedicated an entire set to traditional song. Centred around their deep knowledge of roots music, and a love of harmony singing, they bring together old songs with new ideas; ancient tales with bass, fiddle, and banjo; and two mesmerising storytellers joining voices to create a spine-tingling testimonial to our shared musical heritage. Full details www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Thursday 1 September 2022 - Jez Lowe - Otterton Mill, nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
A double nomination in the 2015 BBC Folk Awards – for best singer and best new song – was a timely reminder of Jez Lowe’s standing in the UK folk and acoustic music scene. Not only he is one of the busiest live performers in the country, but his songs are among the most widely sung by other performers, whether by long-established acts like Fairport Convention, The Dubliners and Bob Fox, or by the new breed of stars like The Unthanks, The Young Uns and The Duhks.
Full details www.ottertonmill.com/events.

NEW 2-4 September 2022 - Lyme Folk Weekend - Lyme Regis

NEW Saturday 3 September 2022 7.30pm - Miranda Sykes & Hannah Martin - BackStage Devon, Muddifords Court, Willand, Cullompton EX15 2QG
details tba

NEW Sunday 4 September 2022 8pm - Phil Beer - Matthews Hall, Fore Street, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
Phil Beer. Plays guitar and fiddle, sings a bit. Tickets now available from singers nights, concerts or www.wegottickets.com/event/549364, www.topshamfolkclub.org.

NEW Monday 5 September 2022 - Sons Of The East - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Indie-folk band from the Northern Beaches of Sydney, Australia, who have already seen their music achieve 130 million streams and over 30 million YouTube views as their popularity continues to soar worldwide. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/genre/music.

NEW 9-11 September 2022 - European Fingerstyle Collective Guitar Festival - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
The first ever European Fingerstyle Collective Guitar Festival. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/genre/music.

NEW Saturday 10 September 2022 8pm - Mississippi MacDonald - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
“It’s modern, it’s not musical archaeology,” says London-based soul-blues stylist Mississippi MacDonald of his music. “It celebrates a fantastic tradition. It’s soul-blues, and you’ve got to put your best into it.” Full details www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Saturday 10 September 2022 7.30pm - Steve Knightley - BackStage Devon, Muddifords Court, Willand, Cullompton EX15 2QG
Steve is a multi-award-winning singer-songwriter/musician and founder member of folk/acoustic roots trail-blazers ‘Show of Hands’ described by Peter Gabriel as ‘one of the great English bands’. A constant throughout Steve’s work is his ability to root his songs in time and place, notably the West Country where he was raised.
Full details www.ticketsource.co.uk/backstage-devon. www.backstagedevon.co.uk.

NEW Sunday 11 September 2022 2.30pm - Jim Causley: Cream Tea Concert - St Mary's Church, Denbury, Newton Abbot
Complete with a proper Devon Cream Tea (cream on first!). Jim is looking forward to a visit to Denbury and to performing in the barrelled roofed church which has great acoustics. Tickets £12 / £10 concs, to include your cream tea. Numbers will be limited for safety and because there is a limit to how many scones we can get baked! Book soon to avoid disappointment. Tickets Rachel Belringer on 07751 804007 or rachelbelringer [at ] gmail.com.

NEW Sunday 11 September 2022 - Rowan Rheingans - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
'Dispatches on the Red Dress' is an intimate and courageous new solo show by the twice BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winning songwriter. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/genre/music.

NEW Sunday 11 September 2022 - Nick Harper + Guests - Cavern Club, 83-84 Queen Street, Exeter EX4 3RP
English singer-songwriter and guitarist, son of English folk musician Roy Harper. Full details www.wegottickets.com/event/551688.

NEW Saturday 17 September 2022 7pm - The John Martyu Project - St Mary's Church, High Street, Totnes TQ9 5NN
Six established artists from the world of folk, soul, and more come together for a concert that celebrates the music of John Martyn. It features Blythe Pepino, Kit Hawes, Pete Josef, and Sam Brookes. They reinterpret the many different aspects and eras of Martyn’s music, delivered in a sensitive and poignant manner. This new show celebrates the much loved and lesser known John Martyn compositions as well as some tunes from his contemporaries. Tickets www.ticketsource.co.uk/booking/select/rqjnciUROToZ.

NEW Friday 23 September 2022 8pm - Seth Lakeman - Tavistock Wharf (map)
Seated+standing. Charismatic singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Seth Lakeman has announced a new solo tour to celebrate the release of his new studio album ‘Make Your Mark’. Written during his enforced 18 months off the road, the album features 14 powerful, brand-new songs including the BBC Radio 2 playlisted single Higher We Aspire. Full details www.tavistockwharf.com.

NEW Saturday 24 September 2022 - Cathryn Craig & Brian Willoughby - BackStage Devon, Muddifords Court, Willand, Cullompton EX15 2QG
"Combine a consummate singer and songwriter, with an outstandingly brilliant guitarist and you have pure magic. Their performances leave audiences spellbound" Ann and Eddie Green, Kirkham. www.backstagedevon.co.uk.

NEW Sunday 25 September 2022 7.30pm - Merry Hell / Ranagri - Tavistock Wharf (map)
Merry Hell is an eight-piece folk-rock band with a history, a pedigree and a bright future. In four short years they have risen to become festival favourites, their first two albums finding favour with critics, broadcasters and music fans alike. They are continuing to develop an enviable reputation for the quality of their song writing, recorded work and live performances. Alt folk band Ranagri are a combination of Irish and English musicians; with vocals/guitar, flutes/whistles, electric harp and bodhran/guitar. Full details www.tavistockwharf.com.

NEW Friday 30 September 2022 8pm - Rheingans Sisters - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
The Rheingans Sisters make playful, powerful and richly connecting music that is wholly contemporary while deeply anchored in folk traditions. The award-winning multi-instrumentalists, composers and folk scholars are nominated for ‘Best Duo/Group’ at 2019 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.
Full details www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Friday 30 September 2022 - Wildwood Kin - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Standing. Acclaimed indie/americana trio from Exeter in Devon comprising of two sisters, Beth and Emillie Key and their cousin Meghann Loney. The music is a mix of their own beautiful and thought provoking original songs with a few stunning arrangements of some better known covers. Their voices meld perfectly in effortless and sublime close harmony and they accompany themselves on a range of acoustic instruments. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/genre/music.

All information is given in good faith but no responsibility can be accepted for its accuracy. Do check with the organiser before setting out on a long journey. A listing here does not guarantee that tickets are still available.
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Harberton Folk Circular - Tuesday 19 July 2022

Part Two below - Other stuff
But do please also check out the full open-ended Southern Devon Folk Diary listings on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk which contain a huge number of 'new' gigs right through to the end of the year.

***** Part Two - Other Stuff *****

A look-ahead to this autumn's guests at Topsham Folk Club
Sunday 4 September - Phil Beer
Sunday 16 October Harbottle & Jonas
Sunday 13 November - Cara Dillon
Sunday 4h December - Exmouth Shanty Men
Full details www.topshamfolkclub.org.

Ditto at Folk on the Moor Club, The Exchange, 1 Fore Street, Ivybridge PL21 9AB
Full details about the club see www.moorfolk.co.uk.
Sunday 4 September - Jez Lowe
Sunday 25 September - Cathryn Craig & Brian Willoughby
Sunday 9 October - The Lost Trades
Sunday 30 October - Clive Gregson
Sunday 13 November
- Bob Fox
Sunday 20 November -
Sarah McQuaid


General items retained from previous circulars

Folk Club News
Brixham Folk Club
now meets on the first Friday of the month at The Edge, Bolton Street, Brixham TQ5 9DH. www.facebook.com/Brixham-Folk-Club-1210249625809406, i.e. tomorrow Friday 1 July. 7.30pm start, £2 performers, £3 non-performers.

Villages in Action: From Devon With Love
'From Devon With Love' is VIA's Artist Development initiative which culminates in an annual scratch performance festival for Devon-based artists. The festival supports some of the region’s best talent to test new work in front of a live audience.
Artist Call-Out
This September, the From Devon With Love festival will be returning to rural venues across the county for a month of incredible scratch performances.
We want to hear from Devon-based artists making original performance work, including theatre, music, dance, circus, storytelling, spoken word, puppetry and poetry.
Your project will be in the mid to late stages of development and ready to share with a test audience. You will need to be self-sufficient, able to access rural and remote locations, flexible with get-ins, and able to work with minimal to no technical support.
10 successful applicants will be invited to perform at our month-long From Devon With Love festival in September.
Full details see www.villagesinaction.co.uk/fdwl.


Plymouth Community Folk Orchestra - Reminder
Tuesday mornings 3, 10, 17, 24 May, 14, 21, 28 June, 5, 12, 19 July - 11am to 12.30pm. £8 per session. Concession available
At Emmanuel Church Hall, Compton Avenue, (corner of Mannamead Road) Plymouth, PL3 5BZ
Make a big band, make some music, have some fun! All levels of ability welcome. Play music from Devon and beyond. Develop music skills and learning by ear. Play in harmony. Scores and sound files provided. The Community Folk Orchestra is ‘open’ - so, there are no auditions and all are welcome to come along. Participants can join at any time. You will, however, need an acoustic instrument, some enthusiasm and a willingness to participate! For more information contact David Faulkner 07967 121985 / david.eelgrinders@gmail.com. www.facebook.com/PlymouthCommunityFolkOrchestra.


Plymouth Community Folk Orchestra - Starting in May
Tuesday mornings 3, 10, 17, 24 May, 14, 21, 28 June, 5, 12, 19 July - 11am to 12.30pm. £8 per session. Concession available
At Emmanuel Church Hall, Compton Avenue, (corner of Mannamead Road) Plymouth, PL3 5BZ
Make a big band, make some music, have some fun! All levels of ability welcome. Play music from Devon and beyond. Develop music skills and learning by ear. Play in harmony. Scores and sound files provided. The Community Folk Orchestra is ‘open’ - so, there are no auditions and all are welcome to come along. Participants can join at any time. You will, however, need an acoustic instrument, some enthusiasm and a willingness to participate! For more information contact David Faulkner 07967 121985 / david.eelgrinders@gmail.com. www.facebook.com/PlymouthCommunityFolkOrchestra.

Session news
Saturday 9 April 2022 7.30pm - Monthly Session - Who'd Have Thought It Inn, St Dominick, Saltash PL12 6TG
In the conservatory. Flat car park adjacent. 01579 350214.


Exmouth Folk Club
The Club has resumed its regular 4th Sunday meets, 7-10pm at the GWRSA Railway Club, 3-5 Royal Avenue, Exmouth EX8 1EN.
For more information call Chris Austin 07812 688432. Free admission, all performers and supporters welcome, acoustic only. Real ales are served and there is parking and level access. www.facebook.com/groups/exmouthfolk.

Teign Maritime & Shanty Festival, Teignmouth/Shaldon
The organisers have decided that this successful festival will become a bi-annual event and so the next festival will now be in 2023; the planned festival in 2022 will now not take place. Read the full story here www.facebook.com/TeignShantyFestival.

FlaxeyGreen website to close (www.flaxey-green.co.uk) - Trevor says:
"I would like to say a very big thank to everyone who has supported this website over the past 22 years, and I hope it has been of some help to you.
I have been informed by Devon Folk they are setting up a new website called the Devon Folk Directory (www.devonfolkdirectory.org). Much of the information planned to be held in the Devon Folk Directory will duplicate information currently held on FlaxeyGreen. Therefore, I have decided to close FlaxeyGreen from September 2022."

A date some might want to note:
NEW Saturday 19 November 2022 - Bellowhead - Plymouth Pavilions
Back together for a one-off tour to celebrate Broadside 10th Anniversary. Full details www.plymouthpavilions.com.

Coming up from World Unlimited - at St Mary the Virgin Church, Abbotsbury, Newton Abbot TQ12 2ND (formerly in St Mary's Church, Kingskerswell )
See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for full details (plus several other gigs of different genres):
NEW Saturday 21 May - Old Baby Mackerel
NEW Tuesday 28 June -
Henhouse Prowlers


Update from Lympstone Folk
Lympstone Folk is back up and running (normally) on the fourth Wednesday of the month. Venue is upstairs at the Redwing Inn, Church Rd, Lympstone EX8 5JT. Start time is 8pm. All acoustic music welcome. Contact me ollydavey1950@gmail.com, 07741 409265.
Lympstone Folk did not however meet last Wednesday due to a Covid outbreak at the pub, so we'll meet on the 1st and 29th December. Normal service will resume in the New Year.

Are you interested in learning to dance Morris? Dartington Morris...
... are now welcoming dancers of any gender! We are keen to encourage anyone interested in this fascinating English tradition, so come along and give Morris a go! Whether you are a complete beginner or an experienced dancer, join us for our Friday night practice sessions. We meet at Dartington Primary School every Friday from 8pm to 10pm. www.dartingtonmorris.uk.
Contact the Bagman for further details: bag@dartingtonmorris.uk.


New acoustic music session at the Crooked Spire Pub, Ermington
"I am initiating a new acoustic music session at the Crooked Spire Pub, Ermington with co-operation from the landlord.. It's called Country Meets Folk. The emphasis being Americana country music, including Appalachian, but with a folk, Dylanesque/Cash mix. So, a fusion of the two. I therefore invite acoustic musicians and singers with an acceptable musical ability who may be interested in playing solo or together. Meeting every First Monday of the Month, starting 8pm. Keith"


Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis
I've always thought of Lyme Regis being well outside my normal coverage (loosely defined as "within a 30-mile radius of Totnes as the crow flies" or "the southern half of Devon), but Google Earth tells me that the town is only about 39 miles in the former category - and the Marine Theatre is putting on a great programme of major folk concerts these days, with some of the acts probably not coming any further west on their tours, so I will give the venue a listing from time to time. The main one below caught my eye in Steve Cunio's 'Sadfolk' (www.sadfolk.co.uk) latest Somerset & Dorset email circular listings as Harberton Folk put on Blazin' Fiddles at the Ariel Centre in Totnes way back in 2003 and 2005:

Saturday 26 February 2022 - Blazin' Fiddles - Marine Theatre, Church St, Lyme Regis DT7 3QA
One of the world’s most prolific fiddle groups, Blazin’ Fiddles, formed for a one-off tour of the Scottish Highlands in 1999 are still raising roofs far and wide well over two decades later. www.marinetheatre.com/blazin-fiddles
A quick scan of www.marinetheatre.com/category/music reveals all these goodies too:
Saturday 23 October 2021 - Martin & Eliza Carthy
Saturday 27 November 2021 - The Strawbs
Sunday 19 December 2021 - The Young’uns
Friday 18 February 2022 - Lau
Thursday 10 March 2022 - Chris Wood
Friday 8 April 2022 - Jon Boden & The Remnant Strings
Thursday 19 May 2022 - Martin Simpson & Andy Cutting

Milverton Music Club - Victoria Rooms, Fore St, Milverton, Taunton TA4 1JU
Outside our normal coverage area really, but anyway...
Monthly open mic sessions on the First Friday - seats must currently be booked in advance: email milvertonmusicclub@gmail.com.
See www.milvertonmusic.co.uk for details of these future guest nights:
Friday 3 December 2021 - Moscow Drug Club
Friday 18 February 2022 - Flats & Sharps
Thursday 22 April 2022 - Flook


Brixham Folk Club will be meeting next on Friday 1 October in its new venue: 'The Trawler'  at 66 North Boundary Road, Brixham TQ5 8LA.
Exmouth Folk Club will be restarting its regular 4th Sundays on Sunday 26 September 7pm at the GWRSA Railway Club, 3-5 Royal Avenue, Exmouth EX8 1EN. For more information call Chris Austin 07812 688432. Free admission, all performers and supporters welcome, acoustic only. Real ales are served and there is parking and level access.

Lympstone Folk update
Lympstone Folk return to the Loft at The Redwing on Wednesday 22nd September and thereafter on the fourth Wednesday of the month.

News from the (Folk) Clubs
Teignmouth Folk Club continues its Zoom meetings on Thursday 26 August 7.30pm.
See the Club's Facebook page www.facebook.com/groups/233792233306152 for Martyn's Zoom Meeting invitation.

Acoustic Warehouse Music & Performance Club, Passage House Inn, Hackney Lane, Kingsteignton, Newton Abbot TQ12 3QH
The AWMPC open mic club has now restarted monthly on the First Wednesday of each month. The next session is 1st September with prompt start at 7.15pm and a finish at 10.00pm. More information from Nigel Dee 07989 180091 www.facebook.com/Acoustic.Warehouse.TQ123QH.

Totnes Folk Club
The Club plans to resume its regular second Thursday meetings on 14 October. As before it will be upstairs at the Dartmouth Inn Totnes, kicking off at 8pm and it will be a singers night.

Pennymoor Singaround Folk Club
The Club has had to move venue. Now at The Lamb Inn, Sandford on the third Wednesday each month.

Milverton Music Club
At a few miles north of Wellington, the MMC is a little outside our normal coverage area, but they have occasional top-flight guests (book early! - 15/10/21 Cara Dillon & Sam Lakeman; 22/4/22 Flook) in addition to regular first Friday monthly sessions which resume on Friday 3 September - but with restricted seating this first session is already a 'sellout', all available seats have been reserved. www.milvertonmusic.co.uk/index.html.

The Acoustic Calendar
Tony Watts, creator of The Acoustic Calendar, has decided to hang up his keyboard and will not be restarting his listings as we come out of Covid restrictions. You can read his full 'Farewell Message' on his website: https://sanchobramble.weebly.com. Happy retirement, Tony!


Eliza Carthy & Saul Rose: I've been enjoying lots of music on Youtube and only recently came across a 2014 concert performed by Eliza & Saul in St. George's Church, Headstone, Harrow which reminded me of the wonderful show they did for us at Harberton Parish Hall back in January 2001.
Enjoy the high quality video and audio at www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ef22ID0qb0Q&list=PLjeyCtW07nIs5YQ41j9ASZwKUHlpMJprk&index=1.

News from Tom & Barbara Brown in North Devon - Shammick Acoustic Club Closing after 18 Years
On 25th June Barbara wrote:
"The other sad announcement [after cancelling all their 2020 club concerts] we have to make is that, due to continuing ill health on my and Tom's parts, the club will not be reopening next year. We'll try to have a get-together when the C-19 problems are over, but otherwise, that is the end of a wonderful eighteen years of Shammick Acoustic. Thanks to all of you who have supported it over the years, and to Phil and Cynth McGuinness, late of the Top George, who started us off on this journey, and to Chris and Debbie Batchelor at the Pack o’ Cards, who have been such brilliant hosts over the last eleven years."
Tom & Barbara supported our Harberton Folk concert with Ben & Joe Broughton in Harberton in April 2001.
Thanks for all the music, Tom & Barbara!

Cecil Sharp's People.org.uk
A one-stop website for all the singers, musicians and dancers who met Cecil Sharp, as he travelled around England collecting folk music and dance between 1903-23. You can read about their lives. Over 650 individuals in hundreds of locations. They were working people – agricultural labourers, glovers, laundresses, sailors, shoemakers etc. Their stories should be told! https://cecilsharpspeople.org.uk.

The Mike Harding Folk Show
The former BBC folk show host presented a weekly show of his own online from 30 December 2012 to 22 October 2017 (over 250 programmes), and since then has presented further roughly monthly shows which still continue. All 270+ shows are available as podcasts at www.mikehardingfolkshow.com.

Folk news slightly further afield:
Somerset & Dorset (SaDFolk) folk events - Regular email updates
A regular and comprehensive emailed listing is available through www.sadfolk.co.uk (Somerset and Dorset folk, Steve Cunio) for folk events in venues large and small in those two counties, some of which are not too far away from the Harberton Folk area.
SaDFolk always includes full details of upcoming events, workshops and courses at Halsway Manor in Somerset which is owned by the Halsway Manor Society who operate the manor as a national centre for the folk arts, the only residential folk centre in the UK.
Folk in Cornwall
What it says on the tin - www.folkincornwall.co.uk - clubs, sessions, events...
Acoustic Calendar - Sign up for email updates at www.sanchobramble.weebly.com
Tony Watts' monthly calendar of folk clubs, singarounds, acoustic sessions & open mics in the South West. "The Acoustic Calendar is all about DIY music (NOT concerts, gigs, ceilidhs etc). The purpose of the Calendar is to keep you informed of all the places where you can take your voice and/or instrument and join in or do your own thing."
...and not forgetting www.flaxey-green.co.uk (and www.devonfolk.co.uk) for further detailed county-wide Devon listings, including many regular pub sessions,  folk dance clubs and much more.

A quick note on what gets listed below (and in the Diary on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk):
The listings are of course primarily intended for 'folk' events; they will occasionally include Americana, blues and other genres, particularly if the event organisers have taken the trouble to send me material. Be assured though, they will never include tribute bands! (excellent though many of these are) These e-circulars usually cover the full Diary for the coming 4 to 5 weeks, while the website Diary is completely open-ended.

Frequency of these emails
I used to try to get these emails out once a week, but now they seem to be every 10-14 days. Perhaps that's not a bad thing - reducing the information overload - but it does mean that contributors need to give me as much notice as possible to hopefully ensure that their items can be included in good time. JC

Changing your subscription details:
If you change your email, or decide that you don't want to get these messages any longer, please scroll right to the bottom of any Harberton Folk e-circular where you will find links to the Mailchimp system which will enable you to make the appropriate changes.
[this exact wording borrowed from a recent SaDFolk email (Somerset and Dorset Folk) - see Part Two below]

Important Admin note: Email delivery problems

I've had problems sending the previous two circulars to 190+ addresses (mainly BTInternet, BTOpenworld, Yahoo, Sky, AOL, plus a few others, all of which use the Yahoo email platform). The circulars have been soft-bounced, i.e. rejected, on both recent occasion by most of those addresses "for policy reasons".
When the same address soft-bounces several circulars in succession, MailChimp (the system I use to send circulars) eventually hard-bounces that address, i.e. permanently removes it from the circulation and I, as Admin, cannot then reinstate that address, although the person in question can re-subscribe themself.
This has happened a couple of times over the last 12 months and I have no real idea why it happens, so it's very difficult trying to do anything about it. But this present circular is a trial inasmuch as it employs simpler formatting with less complex underlying code in the hope this may increase the acceptance rate.

In the interim I have been communicating directly with the 190+ about this problem and I would like to thank the large number of them who very helpfully responded to my last communication when I sent a copy of the latest missing circular as a PDF file attachment, apparently successfully, whereas an attempt to simply forward a copy of the original circular to a test group of 10 addresses failed.

Several people also mentioned that they had an alternative email address which could be used for receiving the circulars - and I would ask anyone in this position to please use the 'update subscription preferences' link at the very foot of any circular to update their email address in the MailChimp data base accordingly. Should you no longer be able to access any original circular, I can update your email address for you on request (but it's best if you do it yourself if possible).
If you change to a Gmail address, please note that my circulars may arrive in your Promotions inbox folder.

It remains to be seen whether the 190+ will actually receive this circular.

[version sent on 8/6/18 to remainder of 270 contacts 'cleaned' by MailChimp, inviting re-subscription]
Once again this copy of yesterday's Harberton Folk email circular is being sent directly from my laptop (not via MailChimp, nor in MailChimp format this time) to those mostly btinternet / btopenworld / yahoo / aol / sky email addresses who were removed a while back from Harberton Folk's MailChimp database due to unknown circumstances and have not yet re-subscribed.
If you wish to continue receiving the regular circulars, please re-subscribe by going to www.harbertonfolk.co.uk where you’ll find a link to a short form to complete – and you’ll be back on the list.
Or simply reply to this email and ask me to re-subscribe you.
You can view Harberton Folk's GDPR-compliant Privacy Policy on the website.
Note that the e-circulars are now being sent from hfolk@johnculf.co.uk.
Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.
At some point in the not too distant future I will no longer be able to continue sending these separate copies to you.
Best wishes
John Culf

[version sent to NON-GDPR segment on 8/6/18]
GDPR - Still time to update your preferences to continue receiving Harberton Folk Circulars - Please act now
The new GDPR data protection law came into force on May 25th.
I'm still hoping some more of the people who have not yet UPDATED THEIR PREFERENCES appropriately (see the link at the very foot of this circular) will do so to enable me to continue sending them the circulars. You will also find an 'unsubscribe' link there, should you need it.
The full list of 1350+ contacts is now effectively split into two parts, one containing the 955 contacts who have already updated, the other (to which this customised version of yesterday's circular is being sent) containing the remainder.
Alternatively, you can simply reply to this email and I can do the updates for you, if you tell me that is your wish.
New contacts can subscribe to the circulation at any time via a link provided on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.
Many thanks for your understanding and cooperation. John Culf

[version sent to GDPR CONSENT segment on 7/6/18]
Firstly, my thanks to the 955 contacts who have (thus far) confirmed their consent to continue receiving Harberton Folk emails. My list is now effectively divided into two parts, i.e. those who have, and those who have not (yet), re-confirmed. I'm now able to send separately to the two groups and will be sending further GDPR reminders (with the circular) to the latter group, and can assure everyone receiving this version of today's that this is the last time I will mention GDPR! Many thanks for your understanding and cooperation. John Culf

Harberton Folk Circular - Friday 25 May 2018
If you would like to continue receiving Harberton Folk email circulars...
...you must confirm your consent to do so - or your contact details will soon be removed from the circulation
I know many of you will be fed up of receiving emails about
GDPR - but today May 25th is the day the new law comes into force.
To date, barely half of my 1300+ contacts have signed up for continued circulars and I am sure there are many more who wish to remain on the list but just haven't got round to taking the appropriate action yet.
Even if you don't read any more of this circular, jump to the "Update subscription preferences" link at the very foot of this email which will offer you a very short simple form to complete - your existing details will already be there (with asterisks blanking most of your email address for security) - just tick both the vacant boxes and click 'Update Profile'. You can enter a completely different email address if you wish. (You could even 'Unsubscribe'!)
I intend to send several further reminders about this in the coming days because I really want to lose as few contacts as possible from the list.

Harberton Folk Circular - Tuesday 15 May 2018
Sorry it's been so long since the last circular. GDPR stuff has been taking up a lot of my spare time, but I think I'm almost there now.
GDPR Update - My Next Email will Require Action on Your Part
My next email (hopefully tomorrow) will be particularly important as it will hopefully ensure that the Harberton Folk email circulation is operating in compliance with the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into force with effect from 25 May 2018.
You must take action as indicated in that next email (or any subsequent reminders) if you wish to continue receiving the e-circulars, i.e. re-confirm your consent to receive Harberton Folk e-circulars.
If you do not, we will unfortunately be obliged to remove your name and email address from the circulation.
Sorry to sound rather 'technical' or officious, but this IS REALLY IMPORTANT and we don't want to lose you!
Please also note that a few changes are also being made at the same time in the hope of reducing the likelihood of these circulars being regarded as spam/junk by some email systems/providers. For example, the sending address will in future appear as hfolk@johnculf.co.uk (in case you need to 'whitelist' this address or otherwise approve it for receiving Harberton Folk e-circulars.

Update on the New Data Protection Law (GDPR)
My thanks to the significant number of people who have sent comments and offered advice on this subject, following my piece last week. I'm beginning to get a good idea of what I need to do to keep the Harberton Folk email circulation 'legal' and will share this with you soon. It will require simple action on your part to enable you to continue receiving the e-circulars.

New Data Protection Law
Some of you may have heard recent mention of a new (EU) data protection law coming into effect on May 25th; some may have even heard its name: General Data Protection Regulation 'GDPR'. I am still struggling to understand the possible  implications of this for my Harberton Folk email circulars and the MailChimp data base containing your details which underpins the circulars, and what I may have to do - and ask you to do - to ensure compliance with the new law and thereby allow you to continue receiving these circulars. Watch this space! JC

Flaxey Green Website - www.flaxey-green.co.uk
This excellent Devon website contains a wealth of folk-related information in addition to an events diary, such as comprehensive listings for folk dance clubs, pub sessions, bands, solo artists, callers, musicians wanted/available, morris sides, a For Sale section (currently including a couple of melodeons, a Peavey KB3 amplifier and other sound equipment.

Reminder for Gmail users:
As well as probably putting these circulars in the Promotions inbox folder (rather than the Primary folder), Gmail also 'clips' long emails, such as these circulars, and you need to select the 'View entire message' option to do just that.

'Roots and Shoots' on Exeter's community radio station Phonic FM www.phonic.fm
Listen on 106.8 FM and online on 1st, 3rd, 4th (and 5th) Mondays of the month 6.00pm to 8.00pm. Featuring the best in folk/roots music with a strong emphasis on local music - both live in the studio and recorded. News too of folk/roots events in Exeter and south and east Devon. We welcome contributions from musicians, singers and anyone involved with folk/roots/world music in and around Exeter. Most importantly, listen in, then get in touch to tell us your reactions and suggestions. Contact Roots and Shoots: Telephone 01837 871498 (Martin Henning), email m.henning@hotmail.co.uk.
A message from Adrian Bull
"I co-host the 'Roots and Shoots' radio show. I specialise in playing all things folk(ish) and am particularly keen to promote local artists and events/clubs. If you are a musician and would like me to play some of your music on the show, or even come on as a guest, then I would love to hear from you. I am also keen to have promoters, folk club organisers on the programme."

'Technical' Notes
1) I send copies of my circulars to several different email addresses of my own (Plusnet, Hotmail, Gmail) to help check that as many as possible are reaching their intended recipients. Last week the copy to my Plusnet address unusually finished up in my spam folder. Very occasionally a copy may disappear without trace. I have no idea why - the joys of email! Anyway, if you think you may be missing a copy at any time, you can always find the full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk, along with the most recent circular(s).
2) A chance communication with a recipient of these circulars has revealed that Gmail, as well as probably putting the circulars in the Promotions inbox folder (rather than the Primary folder), also 'clips' long emails, such as these circulars, and you need to select the 'View entire message' option to do just that.
The person in question had failed to see the 'Christmas events' section in Part because of the above clipping.

The following interesting item appeared in Steve Cunio's Somerset & Dorset Folk Events Diary email today - Have any Harberton Folk recipients experienced this issue yet?
"Do you use Gmail?
I've had a couple of emails from people asking why SaDFolk had started to send them Google Calendar invitations to events they had no interest in. I haven't changed anything here, but following a bit of searching round the Net, I found that Google had made this 'improvement' to their service.
If you have a Gmail account and a Google Calendar account and any email you receive contains something which Google interprets as an event you might want to go to, it automatically adds the invitation to your calendar and sends you an email about it.
To turn this off, you need log into your Google Calendar then click on the gear wheel icon in the top right, select ‘settings’ then look for ‘Events in Gmail’. Under that there should be a ‘Add automatically’ setting. Deselect that and the problem should go away."
Please let me know (by reply to this email) if you as a Harberton Folk recipient have experienced this issue. Thanks. JC

Folk Music Maps - for Devon and Beyond
Do you want a quick visual guide to folk song and dance clubs elsewhere in Devon? Try the map on www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Folk_song_and_dance_clubs_map.html. Or further afield? Another (global) folk music map is available at www.folkmusicmap.wordpress.com (could do with a little udpating in places).

Folklore & Mythology Resource Guide
I've added the following link www.supersummary.com/folklore-mythology-guide (Folklore and Mythology Resource Guide) to the Links page page on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.

Devon Sessions Map on Flaxey Green
A useful map showing many of the regular pub sessions happening in Devon can be found at www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Sessions_map.html. This is not necessarily exhaustive and, as I know from my own earlier experience, notoriously difficult to keep up to date so do please take a look and let FG's Trevor know of any changes, additions etc.

Folk Club Map
"This could be a really useful resource but it will rely on a community effort to keep it up to date. Have a look at: www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=zV_JF5o4YYCs.k5CBvD6DMEsI and, if your club or session isn't there, why not add it?"
[An interesting item gleaned from Steve Cunio's latest 'Sadfolk' (Somerset & Dorset Folk) email circular - see www.sadfolk.co.uk to sign up. I'll be adding the Folk Club Map link to the Links page on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.]

Interesting history of folk sessions in Totnes (from the 1980s to date)
I'm not sure how long it's been there - I've only just happened on it - but a history of folk sessions in various Totnes pubs, compiled by Mick Bramich (with input from others), can be found at www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Session_History.html.

A few notes about these listings - what gets listed, what doesn't... etc.
The listings primarily include 'folk' events, mostly of a concert nature, also folk club guest nights, folk workshops, ceilidhs / barn dances etc.
'Folk' of course means many things to many people so that's partly why I also include limited coverage of some Americana, blues and other acoustic music events, but also partly because there are dedicated people/venues in the area putting on top-class performers in these fields - and they take the trouble to send me information. (The 'other musics' will generally have shorter entries and fewer repeats.)
My preferred length for entries is 50-75 words, 100 words max. This length restriction, combined with a 'selection of events only', means that the overall length of each e-circular does not become excessive (and unduly sleep-inducing!). The full open-ended Diary is always available on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.
If you're submitting stuff to me for inclusion, why not give a web link to online music samples? Most performers have them these days. And there's then a chance the reader will take a listen, perhaps like what they hear, and maybe even come to a gig they wouldn't have otherwise considered!
I don't include information about regular informal pub folk sessions or folk (social) dance club material - these areas are well covered by www.flaxey-green.co.uk and www.devonfolk.co.uk. - but I will list details of new sessions, for example.
The general distance qualifier has always been 'within 30 miles as the crow flies from Totnes' (covers a surprisingly wide range), although this does get stretched a little sometimes for items of potential wider South-West interest.
The e-circulars are sent to approx. 1400 folk-specific contacts (no telling of course how many fail to arrive for whatever reason, although I do my best to maintain the email list - several repeated rejections from the same address will result in that address being deleted)  The great majority of those contacts are within the above coverage area.
And please don't be offended if I occasionally forget - or even refuse - to include an item.
Keep enjoying the live music! - John Culf

An 'interesting' email problem
Those of you who read my recent notes about the various problems I experience when sending these e-circulars may be interested/amused to see a (new) rejection message received from a recipient at a local educational establishment. I have highlighted the offending word in bold/red and added spaces so it's not rejected again. This word appeared in the item about Hayseed Dixie:
Microsoft Antigen for Exchange found a message matching a filter. The message is currently Identified.
Message: "hf21_30 080226"
Filter name: "KEYWORD= racial discrimination: h i l l b i l l y"
Sent from: "John Culf"